OHL Draft Game Report: Huron-Perth Lakers vs Hamilton Huskies – January 11, 2020

Pavilion (AAA) 2019-2020 – Minor Midget

Huron Perth Lakers –  14-12-4   –  Hamilton Huskies–  22-5-2

Final Score:     Lakers 2       Huskies 2

#84 PATRICK THOMAS – F – Shoots L – 5′ 10″ / 150 lbs

Patrick’s 51 points in 29 games speaks to the player he is.  Playing on an excellent line with JUSTIN DEZOETE and CONNOR KOROPATNICKI it didn’t take long for this line to strike.  Early in the 1st period Thomas pounced on a rebound on a shot by Koropatnicki to put Hamilton up 1 – 0 and scoring his 23rd goal of the season.

The Huskies captain is able to beat defenders 1 on 1 as well as generate scoring chances off the cycle.  He keeps his head up making the right plays to maintain possession and keep the attack alive.   In tight areas being swarmed Thomas was able to make a number of high quality passes to the point to reset the attack resulting in a number of quality chances.

Thomas is efficient at carrying the puck through the neutral zone both at even strength and on the PP.  Having Dezoete as well gives Hamilton some dangerous options to generate plays off the rush when they execute clean breakouts.   

#67 JUSTIN DEZOETE – F – Shoots L –  6′ 0″ / 168 lbs

Entering play with 52 points in 29 games and 2nd in league scoring, Justin is a force to be reckoned with.  Pick your poison as Dezoete can beat you with pure speed a great shot, his hands or any combination thereof.

Scoring the Huskies 2nd goal in highlight reel fashion Dezoete eliminated a defender chipping the puck off the boards at his own blue-line for a blow by.  After accelerating through the neutral zone he beat the last defender with a great deke going puck under stick then scoring to complete the amazing coast to coast rush.

Dezoete is not a one dimensional player.  He applies good back-pressure using his speed and skating strength to catch puck carriers in the neutral zone.  As a result he is able to angle them off forcing turn-overs or dump-ins.   He has good defensive awareness as he also fills in for his D when they pinch.

In addition to his scoring ability Dezoete also makes good use of his line-mates.  He moves the puck well and most importantly at the right times.  He is good on the cycle as well resulting in high shot volume and good puck possession in the offensive zone.

#2 CARTER COOMBS – F- Shoots R

With 36 points in 28 games Carter leads the way as his team’s captain.  After Hamilton went up 2 – 0 Huron was tasked with killing 3 straight penalties.  In addition to the excellent goaltending, Coombs also did a great job along with the rest of the Lakers penalty killers  preventing Hamilton from a sure win.

Entering the 2nd period with his team down 2 – 0,  Carter rallied the troops scoring his 20th goal of the year on a nice wrist shot from the high slot beating goaltender JACOB KOUTNY.   This was a big goal sparking the Lakers comeback earning a hard fought tie on the road.   

#27 MATTHEW MAYICH – D- Shoots L – 6′ 0″ / 160 lbs

With 24 points in 29 games Matthew is a standout defensemen with tremendous upside.   In his own zone under pressure he did well at making good use of his D partner moving the puck away from the pack allowing for a clean exit out the other side.   Matthew is able to consistently hit his forwards with good passes in motion but also has the smarts and skating ability to skate the puck out himself if necessary.  

On one play the Huskies forwards were changing and the puck was dumped in.  Mayich immediately went in hard on the fore-check instead of playing passive.  This was an excellent play as he had lots of support behind him coming off the bench.  As a result he was able to force a turnover behind the Lakers net.   Instead of allowing the Lakers an easy exit, Hamilton ended up with the puck in the offensive zone and were able to complete the line change.  

Mayich excels at getting quality shots on net from the point through traffic.  They are hard, accurate and lead to a lot of offensive chances for Hamilton.  This makes him a real threat on the PP since he’s a threat to shoot and also moves the puck well.  When he doesn’t have a lane he goes D to D hard or puts the puck down low.